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star due south, is in a new movie called hyena road. it's all about canadian troops working in afghanistan while fending off the taliban. >> paul gross: every soldier that was serving in afghanistan felt that without them the entire enterprise would collapse. >> shad: and ibeyi. the twin sister band b their french-cuban and yoruba heritage to make a global sound that you've got to hear live. >> i'm shad, and this is q. lends ♪
>> shad: yo-yo ma came to studio q and greeted me with a huge hug. that was before we even spoke. that's just the sort of man that he is. on top of being one of the most celebrated musicians in all of classical music, he's just known as a warm and humble man. you're gonna see that in our conversation all about this latest albums from the arc of life, which was a collaboration with his friend, the pianist kathryn stott. here's yo-yo ma in studio q. and i know i'm talking to a fellow musician., song >> shad: you are talking to a fellow musician. and this is a concept album, which i love. >> yo-yo: yeah. well, you know, it's so funny, because i'm, um, i'm about to enter into my 60th year. um, you know, so what happens when you're 60?
um, i don't know. i mean, i thought about it and kathy and i thought about it and said, now, we've always wanted to do an album of pieces that we really loved." >> shad: mm hmm. >> yo-yo: but we felt that was". so for years, we'd sort of, like, put that on hold and say, "well, you know, one day we're gonna do something like this." and, um, and it wasn't until we thought about the fact that we've been working together and been friends for over 30 years and that, that's a pretty long period of time. >> shad: mm hmm. >> yo-yo: and, um, and, you know, a lot of adventures, a lot of, uh, going through stages in life together. and so we thought, you know, what about if we actually did something on, you know, like shakespeare's seven stages of life. and, and, so, so the idea of, uh, you know, and then i thought of stevie wonder's, you know, songs-- >> shad: songs in the key of life. :-- in the key of life. and so, so, it turned into, you
know, this album. in life and the emotions of a time in life? yo-yo uh, and it also codes memory. so it can code the present moment: "i feel this." it can also code memory, this is, it could kind of unleash, you know, torrential amounts of, you know, of memories. when you kind of pinpoint something, it's kind of like you press the button and then suddenly, uh, you-- >> shad: flooded back. >> yo-yo: yeah, you can smell you grandmother's pie, you know? >> shad: mm. >> yo-yo: and you hear a piece of music and suddenly it unlocks your olfactory system, you know, your, your... so i think it actually, uh, reaches the brain at, in different ways.
>> shad: mm. >> yo-yo: uh, it, i think it also, um, it penetrates your subconscious mind. to be touched by music. >> yo-yo: mm hmm. >> shad: we let it in on that level. that we don't necessarily do with language or, you know, any of the things we encounter, other things we encounter on a day-to-day basis. there's something transcendent in music, even in western, rational, you know, society, we allow ourselves to be touched by um, there's one piece in there. that's, that's from tquartet to the end of timthe louange à l'éternité de jésus.m. and it was written by a french composer, olivier messiaen, who, uh, wrote this piece while he was in a prison camp in, during wwii. and in this, uh, large prison camp there were four musicians. there was a clarinetist, a viol a cellist, and
himself as pianist, he was also an organist. and he wrote this piece. it was performed in the dead of, winter, middle of january. and i really wanted to include this piece because it shows that the kind of like the indestructibility of the human spirit even under the worst conditions. uh, that he was able to create music that's all about infinite love, divine love. uh, you know, the idea of a sky filled with 10,000 rainbows, you know? >> shad: in the worst circumstances. >> yo-yo: birds chirping, you know. in january. and it's, it's, it's kind of, uh, astounding but it's a reminder that, that as we go through some fearful times today, uh, and it's very easy to
be pessimistic. very easy, in fact it's, can be realistic to be pessimistic. but it also says no, no, there are actually people who ceaselessly try, uh, to advance things even in the harshest of circumstances. you have to imagine those stages. rough and there are stages youe have to imagine. how did you select those pieces? >> yo-yo: um, well, don't forget, i'm much older than you. [both laugh] th >> yo-yo: i would say almost twice as old as you are. um, which, which means that, you know, and i'm sure even at your age, you've experienced loss. you've experienced, uh, betrayal. you've experienced, uh, you know, uh, really reflective
moments and probably with an intense life you know, like what we go through. you almost lead multiple lives. you .i feel i've lived like four or five lives, because it gets so compacted. it gets so intensified. and, and, um, and so the know, tion is, what, what's the value that you can extract from that intensity?ques you know, how can you make sense of it? um, and so, the ideas of loss and, you know, andulness, or, you know, sticking to the moment and appreciating, being f grateful is a big thing. >> shad: i think that's as good a note to end on as any. an absolute pleasure. thank you. >> ythank you so much, shad. you are good.
♪ [theme ] >> shad: coming up on q: a performance from ibeyi. but first, paul gross, on his new o-yo: hyena road. >> paul: i guess you could say, "well, that's a good thing for the film, because it is authentic enough," but it's been really disturbing to certain veterans, because of the events, and this really emotional subject for a lot of people, including the soldiers' families. ♪ [theme]
its pathway runs straight through hell. d the farther we go, we more we leave behind. >> shad: paul gross said he was done with war films after the 2008 wwi epic, passchendaele. an but a recent trip to afghanistan sparked his interest. and now he's back with hyena road, all about the canadian armed forces in afghanistan. paul gross dropped by studio q and we had a great chat all about the complexities of modern war. here's paul gross in studio q. how ar >> paul: very good, how are you? >> shad: i'm doing well. so what drew you back to the battlefield as a storyteller? >> paul: well, it is true.e you? i really thought i'd never do another film concerning war, because they're just so ferociously complicated to do. >> shad: in what ways are they complicated? >> paul: they're really complicated to finance, 'cause they're expensive. and they're very complex and difficult to shoot, and... but it, it, in any ei got invited to go as a group of people to visit the troops.
they would assemble a group called team canada, and off we'd go. and i was in kandahar for about a week, i guess.vent, at the big airbase there, kandahar airfield. but i also got out on helicopters and looked at forward operating bases. and it, it was absolutely, uh, bewildering. in part because, the environment itself is so, it's so amped up and difficult to describe.but ta kind of strange, brutal, almost chaotic poetry. uh, there's men and women moving in uniform, and machinery, and air is full of noise, and the smell of diesel. it's completely compelling. >> shad: such a foreign experience from-- >> paul: mm hmm, yeah. i mean, i'd been in a lot ofthe really, uh, screwed up places, but i've never been anywhere where an actual war was underway. and at that time, we were starting to talk about pulling out of combat operations. so i thought, well maybe i should just come back with a camera team and photograph it. and so i did, i went back about, i guess about a year, or half a year, or something, later. and we'd spent a couple of weeks
way out at a forward operating base called sperwan ghar. >> shad: ok. >> paul: and at that time, i still didn't think i necessarily had a film, i just wanted to collect footage. but we weren't carrying a camera package, so at night i would talk to soldiers. and they, they started to tell me stories, and eventually i started to think, "eh, there might be something here," becae tales are amazing. and virtually everything in the film is based on those conversations. and all of the characters i met, including the afghan characters that are in the movie, areuse th people i actually met. there is a guy named, a real guy named the cleaner, there really is a ghost. and, uh, and then i started tote this a try." >> shad: um, read some great stories about the inspiration behind passchendaele, but this is a very different kind of war project. what--how was it different for you dealing with a conflict that's so fresh in people's minds. >> paul: i think it was really in a way the writing of it, i sort of, was to pull myself out of it. writers, you're intertwined
inside the story and turning it where you want it go, or where you think it ought to go. and this one, i really didn't do that. i just absorbed all of these stories and then moved them around until i thought they were inind of satisfying order. i think the trickiest part about it is to try to capture what i felt to be so surprising when ik was first there, which really was that it had nothing to do, bore very little relationship to what i'd been told it was, what we were all t was by successive governments and by the media, which i think, in general, just sort of, presented a very strange picture of it. it was vastly more complicated, vastly more dangerous.told i and, uh, and it was a place where the conflicting agendas existed almost everywhere. and i felt that trying--i needed to try to figure out a way to put all of those agendas together, so you could, so an audience member could feel this, the very difficult task it is we ask soldiers to do in regions
where we understand the underlying problems only, only sort of >> shad: uh, audiences are endlessly fascinated by soldiers' lives. >> paul: mm. >> shad: why do you think that is? >> paul: well, i, i think it's because they do a job that is, with very few exceptions, there are a few other occupations, obviously similar to this. but it's a job where you, when you sign on the dotted line, you're essentially agreeing that you're willing to die on behalf of your country, should it be so horrid. and i think that's something we don't quite... none of us live with that kind of--and i think when you signed on here at cbc, there was no clause that says, "i, shad, am willing to die in service of this corporation." >> shad: yeah, and if my director says, "you have to die," yeah, no. >> paul: yeah, i think it's a really, i think that's a hard thing to get into our heads wh it is they do. and i don't think most of us are probably willing to do that. so i think there's, there is a
fascination just at the core of somebody who's willing to doat that. and they're willing to do it on our behalf, not for money, or not for anything else. they're doing it for us. ou screened the film for any of the soldiers that you met over there? >> paul: yeah, we have. we've had a lot of--not a lot. we've had a few screenings for veterans. not so much people--some peopley that i met over there. but also just vets that i didn't know necessarily, but had come to see it. and the reaction's been really encour and in some cases, it's been quite alarming, because it's, it's... i guess you could say, "well, that's a good thing for the film, because it is authentic enough," but it's been reallyag. disturbing to certain veterans, because of the events. and i think we've got to, you knowindful. we, as the people who are putting the film out, that this is really emotional subject for a lot of people, including the soldiers' families., be m and make sure they understand that it's not, this isn't like a cartoon.
it's pretty close. >> shad: were you surprised a bit by that level of emlity? >> paul: i was actually, yeah, yeah. it was really, uh, unnerving, you know. general romeo dallaire saw it a while ago, and he found it really upsetting. and it took him a while to kinda of pull himself together. he wasn't in afghanistan obviously, but he said, "the thing it, it's, for most veterans, when they watch it, if they've experienced really harsh, disturbing conditions, they'll have another film running while they're watching yours, and it's the film of all of the things that they've seen an >> shad: how has making this film changed you? think, you know, i used to maybe not pay attention to the military solution arguments. and i'm not sure they exist any longer, and i think it's because of that, of being there in afghanistan. i think this is really ferociously complicated terrain, and not necessarily stuff that can get solved at the end of a tank barrel. >> shad: that's heavy. thank you h for your time and congrats on the film. >> paul: thank you very much. >> ibeyi: ♪ come to your river
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♪ [theme] >> shad: ibeyi. it means "twins" in the west african yoruba language. and it's the chosen musical name of lisa-kaindé diaz and naomi diaz. they're twin sisters, born in cuba and raised in france. their music crosses all sorts of borders in terms of genre and also in terms of culture. they sing in english, french and yoruba. here's ibeyi, live in studio q. >> ibeyi: let's do it let's go people... ♪ we're crazy, right? ♪ hey ♪ hey
♪ come to your river, ♪ i will come to your river, ♪ i will come to your river. ♪ come to your river, wash my ♪ wash my soul ♪ i will come to your river, wash my soul again soul, ♪ carry away my dead leaves, ♪ let me baptize my soul with the help of your waters, ♪ sink my pains and complains, ♪ let the river take them, river drown them, ♪ my ego and my blame, let me baptize my soul ♪ with the help of your waters, ♪ those old means, so ashamed, ♪ let the river take them, river drown them.
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right now on "eyewitness news", we're in for another cold blast tonight at philly air sticks around for the start of work week. good evening, i'm natasha brown, thank you for joining us. freeze warnings will take effect in matter of minutes apparently. lauren casey is standing by with the latest for us, lauren? >> thanks, natasha, good news, bad news, the good news is it's a coldest of the cold that's also the bad news, the we still have to get through it overnight freeze warning in effect for the entire area including the city of philadelphia. temperatures will be plum meting. storm scan 3 quiet conditions after clouds and even reports of a few flakes in the lehigh valley and a couple of reports of snow pellets as well. little bit closer to the city, right now, quiet conditions, and temperatures that are dropping, getting look at our neighborhood network trying to hold on to 40s in cape may, 39 degrees in camden, philadelphia, we're at
40, already well down into the 20 in mount poconos, and nearing in freezing mark in allentown and in your first forecast, we will be waking up to 34 degrees in philadelphia, that's just five degrees shy of our record low temperature setback in the 1970s. nice element, light wind be we don't deal too much with the windchill impact. clear sky conditions, nice and sunny into the lunch hour, temperatures struggling only in the low 40s, highs will still be cool tomorrow, we'll talk about that plus a nice big warmup in store coming up in a few minutes. >> thank you very much. slithering scare meantime on septa, a snake let's on a bus causing quite a fuss also an evacuation. >> reporter: it was a har rowing or deal for passengers on route 52? she got under thet